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The Heard Museum presents David Hockney's first exhibition in Arizona

The exhibition highlights the impact that Yosemite has had over time and space on artistic production, from the Valley's original Indigenous inhabitants to one of today's most influential working artists.

PHOENIX, AZ.- In celebration of its 90th anniversary, the Heard Museum is hosting an original exhibition: David Hockney's Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry beginning. Yosemite Valley is the shared inspiration and connection point between the work of one of the greatest living artists and the Miwok and Mono Lake Paiute women who created some of the most spectacular examples of California basketry from the early to mid-20th century.
"The Heard Museum is honored to present the work of David Hockney in Phoenix, together with the outstanding work made by Indigenous artists of the Yosemite Valley," said David M. Roche, Heard Museum Dickey Family Director and CEO. "David Hockney's Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry realizes our vision of bringing a piece of Yosemite to Phoenix through the work of exceptional artists- who, despite working a century apart, drew their inspiration from one of the nation's most iconic landmarks." ... More

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Millions of ibises were mummified. But where did ancient Egypt get them?   Museum Ludwig opens a major survey exhibition of Wade Guyton's career   Irish Museum of Modern Art opens a major retrospective of the work of Derek Jarman

In an image provided by the British Museum, a depiction of Thoth, center, an ancient Egyptian god of writing, who was depicted with the head of an ibis. Experts have put forth a number of explanations for how the ancient Egyptians possessed millions — yes, millions — of African sacred ibises that they mummified as offerings to the god Thoth. New DNA analysis undercuts the theory that they created large-scale ibis breeding farms. British Museum via The New York Times.

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The ancient Egyptians left us with plenty of head scratching. How did they actually build the pyramids? Where is Queen Nefertiti buried? What’s inside that mysterious void in the Great Pyramid of Giza? Then there are the deeper cuts. For example: Where did Egypt get the millions — yes, millions — of African sacred ibises that they mummified as offerings to the god Thoth? Experts have put forth a number of explanations, including large-scale ibis breeding farms. DNA analysis from a study published Wednesday in the journal ... More

Untitled Action Sculpture, (Chair), 2001. Verformter Stahlstuhl, 119,4 × 86,4 × 81,3 cm. Sammlung der Aїshti Stiftung, Beirut © Wade Guyton, Photo: Ron Amstutz.

COLOGNE.- Born in 1972, the American artist Wade Guyton has created a consistent and distinct body of work for more than two decades. He is best known for his large-scale canvas paintings made with a conventional inkjet printer, featuring memorable subjects such as flames, the letters X and U, and the New York Times website. After acquiring several of the artist’s works for the collection, the Museum Ludwig is hosting a major survey exhibition that presents his oeuvre from the beginning of his career to his most recent works. Wade Guyton plays a key role in the artistic engagement with images in the digital age. He combines traditional visual media—such as primed canvas—with digital printing processes so that deliberate degradations lead to aesthetically astonishing results. By appropriating existing images and ... More

Self-portrait, Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 63.5 cm, 1959, Private collection.

DUBLIN.- IMMA is presenting PROTEST!, a major retrospective of the work of one of the most influential figures in 20th century British culture, Derek Jarman. While addressing Jarman’s important contribution to film, this exhibition focuses on his wider practice as a painter, writer, set-designer, gardener and political activist. This is the first time that these diverse strands of his practice have been brought together in over 20 years, since the important exhibition of his work at the Barbican, London, in 1996. PROTEST! captures Jarman’s engagement with both art and society, as well as his contemporary concerns with political protest and personal freedoms arising from the AIDS crisis. Major bodies of work, from the 1960s to the 1990s, have been brought together; many of which have never been seen in public before. Derek Jarman studied at the Slade School of Art, London in the early 60s, and was part of a group of young ... More

New statue unsettles Italian city: Is it celebrating a poet or a nationalist?   Xavier Hufkens presents a series of pastels and sculptures by Nicolas Party   Sotheby's $101 Million Contemporary Art Day auction topped by Wayne Thiebaud

Rosa Cacioppo Mantini, 92, arranges an Italian flag on a statue of the writer Gabriele d’Annunzio, whose introduction in Trieste, Italy, has not been universally welcomed. Francesca Volpi/The New York Times.

TRIESTE (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- On a recent afternoon, a little girl gently patted the shoulder of a statue of Italian writer Gabriele d’Annunzio, depicted sitting cross-legged and reading on a bench in a central square. “This is a girl who shows respect,” said Rosa Cacioppo Mantini, a 92-year-old retired high school literature teacher and committed Fascist who nearly every day stands guard over the statue and adorns it with an Italian flag. Then the little girl stepped back, stomped on d’Annunzio’s bronze foot and slapped his bald head. “Disrespectful!” Mantini seethed. Such are the passions provoked these days by d’Annunzio, whose introduction into Trieste’s Piazza della Borsa in September has anguished many local residents. Once the cosmopolitan port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Trieste boasts a proud literary pedigree. The city ... More

Nicolas Party, Insects, 2019. Soft pastel on cardboard, 75,2 x 55,7 cm. Photo: HV-studio Courtesy: the Artist and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels.

BRUSSELS.- Xavier Hufkens is presenting a new exhibition by Nicolas Party (b. 1980). Following the large-scale presentation of his work at the Magritte Museum in 2018, Party returns to Brussels with a series of pastels and sculptures that revitalise art historical themes in surprising and innovative ways. The exhibition’s title, Grotto, alludes to three large-format pastels depicting caves. From Renaissance paintings of hermits through to Courbet’s The Source of the Loue and, more specifically, The Grotto of Manacor (c. 1901) by the Belgian painter William Degouve de Nuncques, depictions of underground caverns conjure up a wealth of historical and philosophical connotations. Inspired by this imagery, Party has created a trio of contemporary monochromes in scintillating shades of red, green and blue. While the blue cave depicted in Grotto forges a direct link with ... More

Wayne Thiebaud’s Ripley Street Ridge achieves $3.1 Million. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Nicole Schloss, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Day Auctions of Contemporary Art in New York, commented: “Continuing the strong results of this week’s sales, we are so pleased to have once again exceeded the $100 million benchmark for the fifth consecutive Day Sale. Impassioned bidding set the tone of the sale from the first lot by Ruth Asawa, which far surpassed its low estimate by more than eight times. That spirit carried over throughout the sale, as a number of significant new artist auction records were also achieved, and we are especially proud that bidders responded enthusiastically to works by female artists with fantastic results for Joan Mitchell, Elizabeth Murray, Elizabeth Peyton, and many more.” Max Moore, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Day Auctions of Contemporary Art in New York, said: “Today’s results were a major sign that demand from collectors remains strong at every level of the market. And that was ... More

Exhibition presents the works of Mary Bauermeister, Rashid Al Khalifa and Simon Stockhausen   Exhibition at Frac Normandie Rouen looks at the connections between art and film   Whyte's announces highlights included in its auction of Irish & International Art

Rashid Al Khalifa, Multicoloured Parametric (detail), 2018, Emaille auf Aluminum / enamel on aluminum, 150 x 450 cm © the artist.

BERLIN.- The exhibition Transverse Wave brings Mary Bauermeister and Rashid Al Khalifa together with the sound designer Simon Stockhausen in the me Collectors Room Berlin. “The difference between cultures, the difference between the arts, and the difference between the senses are the conditions, and not the limitations, of experience in general, just as the mutual intricacy of these differences is, as well.” (Jean-Luc Nancy, Listening) It is precisely these “conditions of experience” that are realized in the exhibition Transverse Wave. Featuring the work of Mary Bauermeister (b. 1934 in Germany) and Rashid Al Khalifa (b. 1952 in Bahrain), the me Collectors Room Berlin presents two artists who were not only socialized in different cultural realms; they also approach their artistic work from opposite ends of the spectrum. Whereas ... More

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SOTTEVILLE-LÈS-ROUEN.- The Frac’s Remake exhibition looks at the connections between art and film, using a two-way approach. Whilst film is an underlying theme throughout the Frac collection, the idea is to explore how artists today reinterpret the history of the film through video, a medium that is well represented in its holdings. In addition to exploring this question, Remake has also opted to reproduce the exhibition being held at the same time at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen, which focuses on the relationship between art and film from a more historical standpoint. In staging a faithful reproduction of the exhibition layout, Remake develops a unique déjà-vu effect, whilst questioning the importance of the very idea of reprising, or creating new versions or adaptations in current artistic output. Drawing on its own holdings and on major French and international collections, the Frac takes stock — from ... More

Sir William Orpen, Captain Robert John Woods of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 1919 [lot 25 €25,000-€30,000.

DUBLIN.- Hot on the heels of the Ernie O’Malley sale, Whyte’s auction of Irish & International Art at 6pm, Monday 2 December 2019 at the RDS will offer collectors a further opportunity to acquire key works from Ireland’s most soughtafter artists. This auction boasts many of the premier names in Irish art including Jack Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, Daniel O’Neill, Sir William Orpen, Paul Henry along with international artists such as Andy Warhol and a selection of North American works from the collection of Anglo Irish Bank. Whyte’s invites bidders to view the sale at and in person at the RDS, Dublin, Saturday through to Monday (day of the sale) 30 November to 2 December, 10am-6pm daily. Purchased from the Bank of Ireland Collection almost a decade ago, the beautiful Bahamian canvas by Tony O’Malley – Air, Water, Light, ... More

The Bowes Museum opens the first major retrospective of the work of Norman Cornish   'A long time coming' for masterwork no one has seen   Alison Jacques Gallery opens an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Roy Oxlade

Norman Cornish’s work has an enduring popularity and leaves a wonderful legacy.

COUNTY DURHAM.- The Bowes Museum is holding the first major retrospective by one of the most loved artists from the North East of England in the 20th Century; Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, opening almost 100 years to the day after the artists birth in Spennymoor. Visitors to the Barnard Castle based Museum will be able to see more than 60 works including, pastels, charcoals and oil paintings from both public and private collections, some of which are previously unseen. Norman Cornish’s work has an enduring popularity and leaves a wonderful legacy - an immediate and accessible social documentary of a bygone era. There can be few, if any, who have contributed more to the area’s artistic and cultural identity. Aged 14, he was obliged to begin life as a miner – a career which was to span four decades. As his father and grandfather had both been miners before him, there was an inevitability ... More

María Irene Fornés, who died in 2018, in New York, Feb. 11, 2000. Perhaps the finest work of the Cuban-American director and playwright, 1977's daring and revolutionary “Fefu and Her Friends,” is finally getting a New York revival. Ruth Fremson/The New York Times.

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- When Cuban-American director and playwright María Irene Fornés died last fall, the New York Times obituary referred to her as “an underrecognized genius.” Now, what is perhaps her finest work, “Fefu and Her Friends,” can be seen at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Revolutionary in its form and daring in its philosophy, “Fefu,” from 1977, hasn’t played off-Broadway since its debut. Think of it as the masterpiece no one has seen. “It’s been a long time coming, for real,” said Lileana Blain-Cruz, the director. She fell for the play a decade ago, in graduate school, attracted by its humor, its mystery, its beauty. She spent years wondering, “Why is nobody doing this?” she said. Set in 1935, at a well-appointed country house peopled with well-appointed ... More

Roy Oxlade, Yellow Profile, 1992 (detail). Oil on canvas. 100 x 120 cm, 39 3/8 x 47 1/4 in. Courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery, London © Estate of Roy Oxlade.

LONDON.- Alison Jacques Gallery is presenting an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by British artist Roy Oxlade (1929 – 2014). This is the second show of Oxlade’s work at the gallery. The works on display span from 1978 to 2006, with Oxlade’s works on paper being shown for the first time at the gallery. The exhibition follows the recent survey, ‘Shine Out Fair Sun’ at Hastings Contemporary, which marked the artist’s first major public gallery exhibition in Europe. A definitive monograph relating to this show will be published in 2020. This exhibition precedes a solo presentation on Oxlade at Independent Art Fair, New York, in March 2020. On Tuesday 26th November the gallery will host a talk by Andrew Renton, Professor of Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London, discussing Oxlade’s career. The artistic practice Oxlade developed throughout his six- ... More

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Bernard Hoyes presents "Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change" at San Bernardino County Museum
PALM DESERT, CA.- Visual artist Bernard Hoyes is presenting “Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change,” an exhibition of large scale watercolor paintings that speaks to the ecological life of the Desert. The works evokes beauty and spirituality, ultimately observing the transmogrification by climate changeover the past ten years. The exhibition is on view at the San Bernardino County Museum from November 17, 2019, through March 8, 2020. Hoyes’ watercolor subjects respond to the precarious state of the natural environment of the Coachella Valley through a personal lens, experimenting with form and narrative in the water pigments. Large paintings from an Intuitive perspective, also reveals a controlled recession of details, plane after plane, allowing the observer to wander into the picture space for a vicarious experience of nature. He addresses how the ... More

NGV International features a trilogy of video installations by Shirin Neshat
MELBOURNE.- Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat (1957– ) is being celebrated with a solo exhibition Dreamers, featuring a trilogy of video installations, at the NGV International. Since the early 1990s, the New-York based artist has explored the complex relationships of femininity to Islam, representations of the Muslim faith in poetic and evocative ways, and the manner in which various social, political, religious and cultural codes shape us as individuals. Living in the United States for the past 45 years, Neshat has been widely lauded for her work, winning the Golden Lion at the 1999 Venice Biennale amongst numerous other accolades. For her first feature-length film, Women Without Men, Neshat was awarded the 2009 Venice Film Festival Silver Lion for best director, and in 2017 she released her second feature film, Looking for Oum Kulthum. ... More

Parsons School of Design opens "Otherworldly: Performance, Costume, and Difference"
NEW YORK, NY.- The New School's Parsons School of Design presents Otherworldly: Performance, Costume and Difference, on view from November 15 - December 15, 2019. The exhibit examines the political work at the intersections of costume, fashion and performance produced by three artists: Machine Dazzle, Narcissister and Rammellzee. These New York-based artists work and have worked at the convergence of disciplines, giving birth to new personas through the act of extreme self-fashioning, masking, and renaming themselves. The alternative worlds they have created collapse the division between performance and performativity, art and life, real and make-believe. Their work plays off the Romantic notion of theGesamtkunstwerk (total work of art), in which disciplinary borders between fashion, art, performance, theater, dance and music merge ... More

St Mark's closed as water again invades Venice, rain lashes Italy
VENICE (AFP).- Venice's iconic St Mark's Square was ordered closed on Sunday as the historic city suffered its third major flooding in less than a week, while rain lashing the rest of Italy prompted warnings in Florence and Pisa. Venice's latest "acqua alta", or high water, hit 150 centimetres (just under five feet) on Sunday, lower than Tuesday's 187 centimetres -- the highest level in half a century -- but still dangerous. "The water has stopped rising," tweeted mayor Luigi Brugnaro, who has estimated damage so far from the invading salt water at over one billion euros (dollars). "High of 150 centimetres... Venice is working to restart," Brugnaro said after the sea water swamped the already devastated city where authorities have declared a state of emergency. High tides were forecast to reach a maximum of 110 centimetres for the coming days, giving the authorities ... More

From Mosul to Baghdad, a song of Iraqi solidarity and resistance
MOSUL (AFP).- While Baghdad anti-regime protesters have clashed with riot police, their supporters in Mosul are using art to fight for change, with a new take on the resistance anthem "Bella Ciao". In a viral music video clip, the World War II-era Italian anti-fascist song has been tweaked to "Blaya Chara" -- meaning "no way out" in Iraqi dialect. It captures the fatalistic sentiment many young Iraqis hold towards their violence-torn homeland. "I don't have heating, not a cent to spend. Why would I even study if there's no way out?" sings one gaunt performer, huddled under a blanket in a gutted building. Others in the video, which has scored hundreds of thousands of hits despite frequent internet blackouts, hold up signs that read "Justice for our martyrs" and "I want my rights." Like activists elsewhere, they borrow from popular culture, donning the red jumpsuits and Dali ... More

Fralin Museum of Art at University of Virginia announces two new curatorial appointments
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.- The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia has named Laura Minton curator of exhibitions. Minton joins the Fralin from Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A senior member of the curatorial team, Minton’s responsibilities at the Fralin include building a comprehensive national and international exhibitions schedule and curating rigorous scholarly projects that provide a foundation for transdisciplinary and socially engaged discourse. Minton, who reports directly to the museum’s J.Sanford Miller Family Director and chief curator, began at the Fralin on Oct. 21, 2019. Minton expands a curatorial department at the Fralin that includes Hannah Cattarin, who was also recently promoted to assistant curator. Cattarin served as curatorial assistant at the museum prior to her promotion. “Laura Minton and Hannah Cattarin are deeply engaged ... More

This Mexican village's embroidery designs are admired (and appropriated) globally
SAN NICOLÁS (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- A mystery lies behind the origin of the distinctive forms depicted in the elaborate embroidery stitched in San Nicolás, a pinprick of a mountain village in the central Mexican highlands. But to Glafira Candelaria José, who has sewn those images all her life, there can be only one source. “Diosito,” said Candelaria, using an affectionate form of the Spanish word for “God.” A spiritual charge does seem to animate the figures fluttering across the fabrics that the artisans of the indigenous Otomí community produce in this area. And many of the vivid forms are inspired by the cascade of local vegetation and the wildlife that shelters there: deer, colorful birds, mountain lions and foxes. Over the past few decades, the artisans working in San Nicolás and other villages clustered around the region’s main town, Tenango de Doria, ... More

Conrad Tao was never just another prodigy
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Conrad Tao tends to slip into celestial metaphors. During a recent interview, this musician — a veteran at just 25 — referred to his ideas about concert programming as “constellatory.” When he thought he was rambling, he cut himself off and apologized for “galaxy-braining.” Here’s another one: He’s a rising star — both as a concert pianist, with a new album and a Carnegie Hall debut this fall, and as a composer, attracting commissions from the likes of the New York Philharmonic. He is also part of the first generation of artists to have been raised on the internet, which has informed his music and relationships, and offered a playground for his omnivorous taste and curiosity. If the online world can seem at times overwhelming and scattered, so does Tao’s schedule: oscillating between the establishment and avant- ... More

BOZAR opens 'Artists in Architecture. Re-activating modern European Houses'
BRUSSELS.- Over the course of two weeks, the ‘Artists in Architecture’ project put 6 artists to work with outstanding examples of 20th century architecture in Belgium, Italy, Romania and Spain. Each artist developed a unique idea in the form of a video, sculpture, model, folio or photos which are being presented in the Horta Hall in BOZAR. These contemporary creations are intended to refresh our curiosity regarding this special heritage. Six artistic residencies took place in six private homes in different parts of Europe. All of the houses are of special architectural significance, were designed by avant-garde architects and were often occupied by culturally-significant figures. These houses include: • The Strebelle House in Uccle, previously occupied by the sculptor Olivier Strebelle; architects: André Jacqmain and Jules Wabbes (1955-1958). • The Willy ... More

Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art presents Hal Fischer's Gay Semiotics and other works
GLASGOW.- Photographic works by American artist Hal Fischer are on display for the first time in Scotland this November at Glasgow’s GoMA. Fischer (b.1950) photographed the gay male culture of San Francisco in the later 1970s. The exhibition features Gay Semiotics, his seminal work, along with two major works: Boy-Friends and 18th near Castro St. x 24. Fischer utilizes critical theory, text, and a tongue-in-cheek approach to his subject. Gay Semiotics, Boy-Friends and 18th near Castro St. x 24 are works that investigate urban gay life during the first decade of gay liberation. Fischer’s work reflects a brief period of time between the Stonewall uprising of 1969 and the early 1980s advent of AIDS. It is a celebration of identity and community. Since 1977—when the first exhibition of these works took place in San Francisco— Gay Semiotics has been ... More

'Lost' and found: Rare 'missing' Aston Martin DB4GT Lightweight offered at no reserve
LONDON.- An ultra-rare 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT 'Lightweight' – one of only nine examples completed to the special Lightweight specification by Aston Martin - first owned by renowned hill climb competitor Phil Scragg, is to be offered in next month’s Bonhams Bond Street Sale (Saturday 7 December) at NO RESERVE, with an estimate of £2,000,000 to 3,000,000. In the hands of only its third owner since 1965, this example is offered to the global car collectors’ market with a full, known ownership history and the kudos of being one of the ultra-rare Lightweights built for competition and road use. If the DB4 was considered the ultimate Gran Turismo of its day, marrying state-of-the-art British engineering with Italian flair in the form of its Carrozzeria Touring aluminium body, the 200lbs lighter racing GT version was the crème de la crème, of which only 45 right-hand ... More

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On a day like today, French photographer Louis-Jacques Daguerre was born
November 18, 1787. Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (18 November 1787 - 10 July 1851) was a French artist and physicist, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography. He became known as one of the fathers of photography. Though he is most famous for his contributions to photography, he was also an accomplished painter and a developer of the diorama theatre. In this image: "Boulevard du Temple", taken by Daguerre in 1838 in Paris, includes the earliest known photograph of a person. The image shows a street, but because of the over ten minute exposure time the moving traffic does not appear. At the lower left, however, a man apparently having his boots polished, and the bootblack polishing them, were motionless enough for their images to be captured.

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